Toronto Raptors 101 Final
Recap | Box Score
108 Philadelphia 76ers
Ed Davis, PF 42 MIN | 8-15 FG | 2-3 FT | 10 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | -5

Strong showing again, especially in the first half where his brand of “power basketball” was on display. Showed again that he can finish and rebound in traffic, but did get outplayed in one-on-one situations by Young. As seen by the assist count, the interior interplay was great again. Had a massive offensive rebound and a put-back in the fourth when the Raptors were on the ropes, at the time I thought he had pushed us through but alas, it was not to be.

Amir Johnson, PF 47 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 9 PTS | -13

Not as spectacular as some of the lines as he’s had recently, but some of those passes to Ed were great to watch, and even though his rebounding total is low, he caused enough disruption to matter, including a couple key offensive rebounds late in the fourth. Unfortunately, he gave up some key defensive rebounds to Hawes in OT which cost the Raptors precious seconds.

Landry Fields, SF 13 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -11

Started off well, getting a nice put-back dunk and a great block. Unfortunately for him, this turned out to be a game where you needed to have three ball-handlers on the floor and that isn’t Fields’ strength. No reason why he should be in the game on the final possession of regulation in a defensive situation when you know Philly’s about to drive and you need lateral quicks to counter that.

Jose Calderon, PG 20 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -4

Got burned a touch by Holiday but nothing to call 911 for I’d say. Casey just chose to play Lowry ahead of him, perhaps due to his earlier injury? Jose had a good overall game, nailed his shots and really, I would’ve had no issue playing him 35 minutes, assuming he was physically able. Did make a late OT introduction after skipping out on the fourth quarter which made no sense. Actually, his playing time and sub-pattern made no sense and I refuse to think about what Casey might’ve been thinking.

DeMar DeRozan, SG 33 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -10

Settled all night long. He was hitting his shots early thanks to some great setups for him, but he took it to heart and stayed on the perimeter all night long. He was lethargic in that dangerous third quarter where the Raptors were outhustled and outcoached, and looked to him to spark something (what was that turnover on the baseline under no pressure about?). There’s some hard thinking to be done when you, the franchise’s franchise player, gets benched in favor of Alan Anderson in the fourth. Took a horrible fadeaway with under a minute left in the fourth and was ineffective in OT (three missed jumpers, two threes), where’s the aggressiveness gone, man?

Quincy Acy, SF 15 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +11

Look at what we got here, this guy will make you forget about Lonny Baxter in no time. Good move by Casey to play him ahead of the cumbersome and lumbersome (I made that word up) Gray, and Acy delivered the way a second-round pick can: activity around the basket.

Kyle Lowry, PG 36 MIN | 3-11 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 11 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 11 PTS | -5

Got the call ahead of Calderon in the fourth because of his…defense? No idea, but thank God Casey realized that he needed to put shooters and ball-handling around him in the late third/fourth (Anderson and Ross) so that Philly could be punished for being so eager on the perimeter. Had a couple very costly and unforced turnovers in the fourth, including one coming out of a timeout, but overall, racked up the assists by finding shooters on the perimeter. Showed his true colors by having it picked off of him in OT, and then jacked up an ill-advised three followed by another brick that makes you scratch your head. Got punished by Holiday, but to be fair, there was no gameplan whatsoever on how to defend Holiday.

Alan Anderson, SG 34 MIN | 6-17 FG | 4-5 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | -3

Big Money had two massive threes to create some breathing space in the fourth when it looked like Philly might just surge ahead for good. He soon followed them up with some seriously messed up attempts at going one-on-one. He’s being used beyond his capacity, let us not confuse his streakiness with shot-making.

Terrence Ross, SG 25 MIN | 7-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | +5

Great first half with four threes and got iced by his coach for the first 8 minutes in the third when the game was calling, nay, begging for another ball-handler to be introduced to counter Philly’s insurgent defending. Credit to him for coming in late in the second and continuing his hot shooting, including some great mid-range shots where he had to detour after his initial move. No idea why the coach isn’t running some set-plays for him, and why we totally forgot about our hottest shooter as he only played the last five seconds of OT.

Dwane Casey

You basically have to gameplan for one single player when you play Philly and Casey had none for Jrue Holiday. Give him an F in the third quarter for not recognizing the fact that this was a small-ball game soon enough. The 1-1-3ish zone that Philly used in the third caused a lot of disruption and Casey’s answer to it was too late, and cost us momentum. He took a gamble by playing Lowry over Calderon for a big stretch, especially in OT, and the same with Anderson over DeRozan. Flirting with a Lowry/Calderon lineup late in OT when it wasn’t tested all night was a big risk and it backfired. His handling of Calderon and Ross’ playing time was horrible, and his out of timeout plays in OT were deplorable.

Five Things We Saw

  1. In the first, the Raptors shot 71% and Philly shot 38%. In the third, the Raptors shot 28% and Philly shot 72%. Those are the two key quarters which swung the tides.
  2. Calderon and Anderson completely screwed up the in-bound play which eventually let Philly tie game. Sure, Anderson got pushed but you have to execute better there. On the next play, the Raptors switched Fields on Holiday and still managed to concede the drive – unbelievable. Not even sure what Fields was doing in the game.
  3. Basketball is a game of confidence. Philly had none at the half when the Raptors were up big. The Raptors thought they had won it, came out complacent and Philly jumped on them after Doug Collins probably jumped on the Sixers.
  4. Casey’s lineups are completely non-sensical at times. Any continuity that a particular lineup develops by playing a few minutes together are not leveraged later in the game when lineups and matchups almost become randomized. BTW, where was Ross late in OT and why was DeRozan even playing ahead of him?
  5. Philly’d perimeter defense was intense in the second half, but the Raptors didn’t help their cause by obliging to take the contested jumpers that were on offer. There was no desire to drive the ball, and we were basically hoping that our shots were going to go in, rather than work hard for our offense. The 56-32 points in the paint advantage for Philly is the real stat.

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  • KJ-B

    MLSE gotta blow it all up sooner or later–like tomorrow… Team has lost its heart. 
    Coach is not getting them prepared to finish/win. TOO LAX Attitude LED BY DEROZAN.
    Trying too hard, breaking too much offence Lowry/Anderson. It’ll only get more ugly if heads don’t roll sooner than later.  Colangelo’s a lame duck, would he have the guts to walk away a la Scott Skiles? Time for a new era.  
    Players/older veterans who need to be traded or amnestied need to be traded or amnestied–STOP holding the fans hostage with false hope…The Jig is Up!

    • KJ-B

      This Colangelo Character hired 3 1st time coaches wheeled absolute control and consequently handicapped the franchise, its reputation in the L, and future outlook and what it takes to win.

      Just look at the terrible refereeing calls which is an obvious sign of disrepect to a coach…and to think the 1 coach who did anything and had respect with the referees after playing many years in the association was fired at a record of 8-8 after a blowout loss in Denver (was it?) which is like a yearly ritual…This GM, as long as he’s in place–he’s probably already lobbying for control with Casey losing…playing the social game with board members to replace his actual capabilities for the job…The Jig is Up!

      • why

        agree with your basic point however colangelo didn’t hire mitchell and casey has previous nba head coaching experience. only triano was a first timr coach that he hired.

  • Adriiian

    DeRozan = mentally weak.
    Casey = stupid.

    Last 2 games in the crunch we play Lowry and lose. We should have been playing Jose. I don’t give a fuck about the offense/defence of the situation. The team rolls when Jose is playing. It’s that fucking simple.

    What are you thinking Casey? HONESTLY. We don’t need a Lowry type player for this team. We need a creator like Jose. Just look at the record. It’s not about who comes off the bench or not. Jose is just the better player, for this team, and just right NOW.

    • ad

       LOL you really think the reason we lost is because lowry was playing instead of jose? Give me a break bro. Get into reality. Lowry didnt have his best game but did u watch jose the first 5 minutes in the 3rd q? Cmon. The love calderon gets on this blog is nothing short of insanity. The reason we lost is because derozan is an overpaid role player who is relied on too heavily and the rest of our wings are garbage. Anderson doesnt deserve higher than a C grade. This guy NEVER passes and has no offensive talent yet continually jacks up shots which occasionally go in. Man, I wish we drafted holiday instead of derozan. At least he cant take over a game.

      • Adriiian

        I definitely don’t think we lost because of Lowry, but I’m just saying that Jose should have been playing in the crunch in BOTH of these games, and in EVERY game. Instead of Anderson or DeRozan. He can shoot better than DeMar, put him at fucking Shooting Guard.

        • ad

           Playing lowry and calderon rarely works. Only in certain matchups. Lowry is a better player than calderon but he played like shit today.

          • Daniel

            Seriously, this shit has to stop. Any basketball coach, any basketball player or basketball analyst will tell you Caklderon is a much better PG than Lowry. It is not even a debate, for God’s sake: you had half a season to evaluate Lowry and he can’t hold a candle to Jose running an offense. The only thing Lowry does better offensively than Jose is breaking down his man however he doesn’t finish well in traffic and he doesn’t know how to dish it while driving. Defensively I have never seen an NBA player playing school yard defense before. Jose is better in Assists, Assists/ TO, FG%, 3 Point FG%, PnR, motion offense, pitching ahead, managing a game.
            You tell me, what a heck is Lowry doing better than Jose?

            • ad

               In terms of being a pure pg, calderon is SLIGHTLY better because of his playmaking ability. In every other facet, lowry is MUCH better. Lowry is a better and more impactful basketball player than calderon. Firstly, Lowry is a very good finisher and is very capable of dishing while driving. I dont know what sport you’ve been watching. Lowry is a much better in terms of rebounding, shot creating (himself and teammates), defender, 1 on 1 player, drawing fouls, steals and shooting is about even. These are all skills this team desperately needs which jose does not have. In terms of d, lowry does gamble quite a bit but all good defenders do and if he doesnt chances are the opposing team is going to score during the possession. Nobody on this team knows how to play d except maybe amir johnson and val.

              • Daniel

                Lowry is a freaking PG! He doesn’t make anybody better. A player is not better in abstract, he is better on the court during basketball games. Lowry is a backup scoring PG who shoots 40% from the field and who forces our defense to play 4-on-5.
                I’m not even faulting him because after 6 seasons he is who he is. I blame Colangelo for trading for him and Casey for using him the way he’s using him. I actually sdaid a few times that we should trade Jose to better pastures and let Lowry run the show so Colangelo and Casey face the consequences of their actions. Without Jose we would have had the worst record in NBA and it pisses me off that Jose saved the skin of a guy who treated him like garbage in the last 3 years.

                • ad

                   Look, lowry is no chris paul, but like it or not, he is the most talented player on this shitty roster as presently contructed. In an ideal world, lowry is the 3rd best player on a good team and a bordrerline all star which his production warrants (PER and such).

                • unknown guest

                  Most skilled–probably. Most talented? I have to go with TRoss.

              • unknown guest

                Do you remember this guy, what’s his name, uhm, oh, TJ Ford? Remember how he kept losing his starting position in every team he was on–and it had nothing to do with his injuries?
                How many teams has Lowry played on? How many times has he lost his starters job?Don’t get me wrong, Jose is as good as gone, and KLow will be the the starter, but just something to ponder.

              • NyAlesund

                 Tell me why Lowry changed 3 teams in 6 years and why he was kicked out of Houston.  I want to remember to you that his former teammates weren’t Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Jason Kidd,……….but Dragic, and Conley. Are these things doesn’t mean nothing to you?

        • KJ-B

          Jose has never responded well to consistently logging heavy minutes which is why his value should be traded to be a backup on a team with a solid pg who he knows he is not better than…He needs to accept being a solid bench player at this point in his career–however with Lowry’s ups + downs Toronto is NOT that place…Kyly won’t move because of his cap friendly number and the fact they gave up a high #1 to get him…

          • unknown guest

            “Jose has never responded well to consistently logging heavy minutes ”

            Agreed +1000.

            “He needs to accept being a solid bench player at this point in his career–”

            That’s not his call now innit?

      • Hound

        When Lowry came in at the 7 minute mark of the 3rd (with TO up 12), i said that was a good substitution to stop the bleeding. However, when the game was tied towards the end of the third I had no fucking idea why Calderon didn’t come back in for Lowry. It is not about who is BETTER!!! It is about coaching. These PG’s are both good in their own way, if they are playing well, or if the matchup is conducive to their skill set. Keep going back and forth every 6 or 7 minutes to get the most out of this position. WTF is Casey doing.

        Derozan needs to get his head out of his ass. Casey needs somebody else to do the substitutions. BC needs to be fired. Bargs and JV need to come back, and Matt Devlin needs to shut the fuck up.

        For all you Lowry lovers out there, replay his shot that goes in off the backboard with no time left on the clock. See the reaction of Derozan, Anderson and the other guys on the floor. No positive reaction at all! This guy is not liked or respected on this team. I have seen it before. The team is better behind Calderon. Period.

        • Theswirsky

          “replay his shot that goes in off the backboard with no time left on the clock. See the reaction of Derozan, Anderson and the other guys on the floor. No positive reaction at all”

          I actually found that interesting.  Lowry hits his prayer shot, throws both hands up in the air and starts to laugh.

          Every one else was straight faced and running back on D.

          While I don’t think it had anything to do with Lowry being respected or not, it really gave me the impression Lowry approaches the game and possessions differently than the rest of the team.

          • Hound

            I think the others are sick of Lowry doing his own thing more often than not, so no need to be happy for him when he gets rewarded for his prayer. No doubt if TRoss or even Anderson hits the 3, everybody is cheering. The team meeting held back in December made referrence to Lowry ball hogging and I don’t think those feelings have totally went away.

            It really doesn’t matter how good you are, if your teamates don’t want to play with you. You can never win like that, especially if you are the PG who has the ball all the time.

      • NyAlesund

         We lost because Lowry didn’t do nothing good in the last 5 possessions. It wasn’t his fault, simply is not able to run the offense like José. He is a combo fucking guard, Josè is a real point guard. Unfortunatley we have an incompetent as coah that made the same mistakes down the stretch. He put some players without logic, like someone that doesn’t really read the game. To keep Lowry in instead replace him with Josè is a mistery for me.

        A coach has to do the right thing. It means put the best players on the floor considering the situation, without thinking if the player has played well or not. Because yesterday the right thing to do was to put the team in Josè’s hands, the real point guard. Instead Casey opted for Lowry because JC didn’t make the impressive numbers during the game!!!!!!

    • cinga

      Raps = mentally weak and physically deficient. 
      who is training/advising these guys? Dr. Phil and Richard simmons. comeonman 

  • Bennyscott9

    that was the last raptors game I will watch for the season. Why does demar get playing time in the 4th when he only took jump shots all game. Put ross in who plays better D and actually contributes on offense. The 2nd half of that game was brutal to watch

    • pran

      well aren’t you a badass.

    • Dan

      That is why Raptors are bad. Their best player is demar. A terrible ball handler who averages 18 points on 15 shots. Everyone likes to point his stats are similar to gay. Gay had better stats when he was leading bad teams. He is able to create his own shot so he can make plays in the 4th.

    • KJ-B

      It’s sad watching them go all CRaptor but the fan base is getting too used to losing–now the Leafs will be the talk of Hog Town because they’ll be mathematically alive for a Playoff spot for at least a couple months…Heck, they might even make the playoffs if they stay healthy because of their young roster while older more vet teams struggle with all those games… 

      Back to the Raps–the dangerous part of CRaptor ball is that two guys like Lowry/Anderson come in and try to pile up meaningless #s and ignore or hurt the team in the process…the game was entirely out of flow. Jose shouldn’t have been pulled but DeRozan…SAD!  

      Kyle/Alan played a dangerous 2 man game to one side of the court that was dangerously similar to the old days of Craptor ball with the Calderon/-7 pick n roll… The problem with the Nick Young push outta bounds was that every1 on Philly knew Anderson was getting the ball because the coach allowed those to get away with murder in the name of I don’t even know–cause that ain’t winning!

  • Alb Perjet

    I am surprised you didn’t mention the sad plays Casey drew to free up players down the stretch. This team needs a Popovic type of coach, if he sees derozan taking 3 pt jump shots when covered sits him down, or if players don’t execute as the game plan they sit.  

    I am sorry but this loss is on Casey.

    • why

      what it needs is a duncan like player

  • Scottbbaird

    Playing Derozan instead of Ross in OT in THIS GAME…. Makes no sense

    • Alb Perjet

      I agree with u but I could see how Casey can argue that point when it comes to his contract. Probably like this: Well derozan is the franchise player, he gets fouls, is ‘experienced’.

      • Dan

         Tonight he drew no fouls. Most 4th quarters in tight games he does not. Him Jose struggle when the d gets really tight. It’s pretty bad when a d league call up is one of you best shot creators. Burke is gone hopefully BC is next.

        • Alb Perjet

          I was mentioning how casey would have argued it. Believe me I don’t agree with his decision.

    • KJ-B

      So true…I think all the minutes DeRozan has played wore him down–he never misses a game BUT it’s affecting his play–he’s made his short career by going to line on the road and not getting a lot of calls with that…just doesn’t seem to have any lift or explosiveness and is avoiding contact with every opportunity–

      NEEDED to be benched for the development of Terrence Ross and not some pecking order system!  Which is what killed the team in the days of -7…How can the coach talk about accountability and not hold #10 to task on this awful night in a string of awful nights?!?

  • Guestjanejanr

    This team needs a trade more than ever…it’s annoying to watch…

    • knickz

       why? this was never a playoff team to began with

  • Dbobb28

    I don’t understand why we don’t just inbound the ball in quickly after Hawes brought it to within 2 points. You quickly inbound the ball and Philly has no choice but to immediately foul. A couple of seconds run off the clock and hopefully for the first time, a Raptor can make both free throws making it a 2 possession game.
     Instead, we call an immediate timeout and I’m sure you all see the same thing I do and that is, we have horrible inbound plays under Casey. Just careless coaching.
      Getting sick of watching Anderson heave shot after shot especially when it is an off balance no reason to be taken jumper. We lack a killer instinct down the stretch.

    • KJ-B

      I think it’s Casey over-coaching.  He never seems to have the right balance.  Either does too little (often too late) or too much.  Never been comfortable with him as a Head Coach–have called him a defensive co-ordinator/assistant coach with Head Coach aspirations on here since last year and Imma stick with that!

  • RapsM

    What’s the record for losing close games in a season?  They gotta be getting close.

  • Mark

    What a pathetic bunch of losers. Season over.

  • ad

    Holiday was the best player on the floor tonight. Unfortunately, raps had nobody to match him. Derozan IS NOT a core player and Im disgusted this guy is continuously being treated as such. Yeah, he may be a nice guy, works hard etc. At the end of the day though, HES NOT A GOOD FUCKING BASKETBALL PLAYER.  This franchise always builds around the wrong players. Its getting really tiresome. Now, derozan is gonna get paid as much as holiday which is absurd when he isnt even half the player (sigh) I hate BC.

    • knickz

       holiday has come along way, very impressed with his play

  • SukaTori

    i was eating my lasagna meanwhile watching the game, but nothing happened. another hurting OT loss. Even a ritual against unlucky doesn’t work. too sad

    Cheers i’ll go drinking some beers so my feeling get up again – 

  • 511

    Thought I sensed something I wouldn’t like, switched to a higher octane refreshment. Just in case. DeMar was doing his familiar Bosh-like ball-freeze, without of course, the often-as-not feint/spin/drive-to-the-basket-right-to-the-hole finish that was a Bosh staple while he was here … and it occurred to me that BC really is a a doofus. 

  • knickz

    again, this is what happens to teams who are not expected to make the playoffs. everybody needs to relax

  • The Grey Nathan

    For some reason this game hurt my feelings more than most… I wish I didn’t care, but I can’t give up on the pathetic bastards!

    • knickz

       i know the feeling my friend, if it wasn’t for lebron taking my mind off this team at times i would be going insane right

  • knickz

    i drafted demar on my fantasy team thinking he would get a contract extention after the seaon, didn’t realize he would get it at the start of the year smh

  • cdub

    how does anderson continually shoot so terribly and get passes from everyone on this site….another 17 shot game….I really don’t care what else he’s bringing at this point…he hits a couple 3’s and then bricks 8 shots…

    • Hound

      He makes me miss Bargnani

  • knickz

    evan turner has to be the most frustrating player to watch and have on your fantasty team. dude should be putting up 20 7 6 easily

  • cdub

    I must say that Colangelo has likely sealed his fate by convincing MLSE to give derozan that contract…final nail in the coffin.  they could have waited and saved a lot of cap space cause hes not getting 10 mil playing like this in the open  market

    • KJ-B

      It’s not as much a problem as you might think.  Other players in the league need to see Toronto forming a core group–guys they know and might want to play with…DeRozan is by no means a finished product–I predict he’ll bounce back major post ALL Star break when he gets some rest because Casey ran him into the ground with heavy minutes…In the NBA you gotta pay somebody that money, there’s actually a minimum cap not just a max–CBA…

    • Right Clique

      MLSE can’t tell the difference between a good and bad signing. They eat up what Colangelo tells them. Get ready for an Alan Anderson extension. Bottom line is that there was NO NEED for a DeRozan extension. Still though, problem in this game was more Casey than anything.

  • RapsM

    At least we’ll get another GM at the end of the season.

  • Daniel

    I haven’t watched the game and I noticed Jose played 20 minutes and Lowry 36 even though their stat lines seem to indicate Jose had a good shooting game whereas Lowry had a bad shooting game and 5 TO’s. What happened? 

  • Jay

    Butch Cater

  • multipaul the great

    Wheres all the king bargs haters now. King bargs FTW…bWo…bargs world order

    • Dc

      King bargs still sucks shit and aint better than his replacement. Sit down and shut the fuck up. 

  • Jerry

    Demar disappearing again? Surprise surprise. We could’ve had Jrue Holiday instead SMH!!

    • Jkwasia

      hindsight is 20/20 0.o

      • Jamshid

        It is funny that all the decisions that BC has made has been disastrous. 

        • CJT

          why is that funny?  and ED TR and even QA have looked pretty good this year no?

          • CJT

            and JV

  • Rido

    Refereeing was still biased. They try to get the teams close. It is not the missed push on the inbound, or the holding before that, it is the many times a Raptor gets hammered at one end with out a call and it leads to a transition basket the other way. Those 4 point plays help a team catch up.

  • Phat AlberG

    Okay Dwane Casey needs to go! This guys is a terrible coach, enough is enough.  Raptors should of won that game by 20 honestly, this guy a such a poor coach.  His decision making when comes to close games is pathetic.  This guy is not winner, and he needs to go.  

    • NyAlesund

       …and this didn’t only happen yesterday.

  • JHP

    I think the coach is still learning the ropes and this year (most years) has ended due to injuries.  I guess the insurance kicks in at 6 weeks.  JV may become a lost cause based on them never letting him play and like AB giving him 10 years to pan out 🙂  So another year to hold your nose and wait.

  • NyAlesund

    We screwed up the game.

    In the last few possession we have seen how is difficult for a combo to be a real point guard, and worst how inconsistent was the team to make a single offensive play. In addition the inbound pass, something horrible. The worst team in that situation. It happened in the past.

    This is the right coach? I am not sure. Yesterday some decisions taken were idiotic and unfortunately he apperas to me like someone unbable to read the game.

    I can’t stand how we have thrown away the victory.

    • Roarque

      Oh he can read it alright. Here’s what he’s reading:

      1. DeMar is sulking and doesn’t want to foul or be fouled during the course of an NBA game. Dwane knows he’s stuck with this prima donna who has decided Toronto needs another Andrea Bargnani.

      2. Amir should sitting in civies letting his ankle heal. Dwane’s stuck with the eager fool playing on one leg because he can’t trust Aaron to touch the ball.

      3. Kyle needs to finish every game because management has convinced Kyle that it doesn’t matter who starts the game, it’s who finishes the game. Even when the competition finally figures out how to deal with Kyle ( it takes about 30 minutes to realize what he’s doing and how to stop him ) Dwane leaves him in street balling until they run out of time = another Raptor loss.

      The good news is the NHL is starting up so the Raptors can be relegated to page seven and nobody will notice.

      Go Canucks Go!  BTW, anyone in Toronto want an Italian star who’s overpaid and somewhat of a head case? This one is a goaltender – he could take over the Primo commercials.

      • NyAlesund

        You’re absolute right…………………

  • Ppellico

    so here is the new look raptors which most fans, including this blog’s author, seems to want.
    You give up defense for offense.
    It is BETTER in the minds of the current fan of the raptors to see Amir and the new star, Acy…score and not play defense.
    Now it is better to have high scores and lose the game.
    That’s right…Amir score and we lose.
    Fuck defense…it is all about the offensive stat.
    See…NOW agents can have great stats to present when negociating contracts.

    working out great, isn’t it?

  • Ppellico

    see…we don’t want the “the cumbersome and lumbersome (I made that word up) Gray,”. To hell with that defense!!!!
    We want a godamned scorer!!
    We want a show!
    Gray ain’t no offensive weapon!
    He plays that slow, defend the middle stupid basketball!
    Get us to the basket!

    This is real fun.
    Like shooting ducks in a tub.

    • Jkwasia

      Aron gray is garbage  sorry thats not the right word he is “rafel arujo bad” …..stop posting about him you loose all credibility every time you post 

      • Ppellico

        that’s fucking funny.First you imply I am supposed to feel a need for credibility.
        then you make a stupid hate remark.
        really…you out of school yet?
        are you done with your high school mids yet?

  • Aaron8007

    Wow a delusional comment board again.  THe raps lost for one reason and that was there last two inbound plays.  Two turnovers in the last two inbound plays which were more the result of Demar making bad choices in who he was passing too.  Also the plays drawn up by Casey were terrible.  Demar passed the ball too Anderson in a terrible spot basically leading him out of bounds.  Amir was wide open!! Amir set the screen and rolled open and was wide open by Demar decided to pass to a guy who was inches from being out of bounds and being tightly covered.  Funny thing is we haven’t heard about how its all AB’s fault.  
         Also whats up with the retards on here complaining about our point guards.  Nightly it is one of our better positions.  WHo cares who’s better we have both of them and get good production out of the position.  Upgrade the talent every where else. 

    • Jkwasia

      It was Dribbles not demar that turned the ball over on the inbound play……lol I can tell you werent really watching the game because u typed Demar twice… Dribbles/Pasta boy fanboy over here 0.o

  • Gregast

    Landry Fields appears to be lost in the Raptors scheme of things. He is obviously an intelligent guy but when I isolate on him during a Raptors offensive play, at least half the time he appears to have absolutely nothing to do with the strategic direction of the play. It’s almost as though the coaches are telling him to ‘go stand over there’ until we need a rebound and then try to get an offensive rebound.

    He must be  wondering what the heck he signed up for in Toronto.

    • BCBargnaniJoseCaseyGots2Go!!!

      I think he signed up for 18-20 million and a guaranteed starting spot being BC’s latest free agent acquisition in his failed pursuit of Nash- who wasn’t never ever ever ever ever ever (Chris Tucker voice) coming to Toronto.

      BC even tried to compare Fields to Shane Battier to mislead the fan base- pissing on the cash paying fan base and calling it fresh rainwater, shitting on the cash paying fan base and calling it Kobe steak.

      Fields should be behind both AA & TRoss- who are on much much cheaper contracts, in the Raptors wing rotation. DD & AA or TRoss should start and the other come in off of the bench as 6th man.

      Kapono, Turk, Kleiza, Fields…….BC sure does know how to overpay-overvalue free agent talent when he sees it…while trading away solid rotation players like Jack (GS), Barbosa (BOS) (let Bayless- Memphis, walk for nothing) who actually wanted to be in the TDot.

      • Trollarch_23_